Hello and Happy Tuesday!
We have a lot of news to share today – so this is part 1 of a 2 part post.
Last week I met a new reporter. She is new to the area and contacted us because she saw the billboard that American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) put up. She told me that she contacted them and also started looking for local advocates. She was surprised that it had been months since anything about the horses was posted on any of their sites. She found our page and said, “Oh here’s what I am looking for!” She asked me why the other pages were so quiet. While I can’t speak for them, I did share this with her…
On December 12, 2022, when Theodore Roosevelt National Park announced their plans to eliminate the entire herd of horses from the park, we at Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates reached out to the other groups that also share photos and document this herd and asked if it was possible for us to put our differences aside and work together FOR the horses. You can see who is working with us. The majority are NOT. One group in particular said that they refused to work with us in part because of the way we treat the park. This means our questioning of things that many of you have – like how does the herd continue when we sell off the babies and only leave older horses? Or are you permanently sterilizing our mares with GonaCon?
That was fine, they were honest, and we appreciated that. We moved forward and worked hard for every small win we have had WITHOUT any help from them. There is still A LOT of work to be done, but the horses are gaining support for sure.
I told her my fear is that the silence on other pages was giving a false sense that things were “All good” with the horses. They were saved – Mission Accomplished.
She will be covering the new billboard in Dickinson in this week’s newspaper and said she will help as she can to keep awareness about these horses and their plight in the news.
She lives in Dickinson. We are about 30 minutes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. She moved here earlier this year but didn’t know anything about the threat to our TRNP wild horses, until she saw the AWHC billboard.
THIS is why we keep posting just about every day. THIS is why we are advocating so hard. There are still A LOT of people – near and far who don’t know that there are 185 horses currently living in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that may be removed and sold to the highest bidder IF we don’t change the trajectory of the park’s plans.
Thank you for your support and please share our posts and help support our advocacy work. THIS is something we work hard on every single day.
Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates is committed to advocating for a wild horse management plan and protection for these unique wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home! We are fighting for a management plan that is guided by science especially when it comes to decisions regarding the removal of horses and the administration of birth control. Many other wild horse management plans have proven to be successful with their science-based plans. We are asking for the same for this amazing group of wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home.